A Brazilian Serie A match descended into farce and violence when Figueirense players tried to attack and chase the referee in their game against Internacional.
The match proved to be a feisty encounter, with Figueirense having two players sent off during a 2-1 defeat. The two late strikes in the in the 87th and 95th minute which consigned the Brazilian outfit to defeat seemed to be the catalyst for the chaotic scenes.
Upon the final whistle being blown by Marielson Alves Silva, the Figueirense players and their fans made their anger apparent by trying to shove the official before chasing him around the pitch. Silva was forced into evasive action and luckily enough there were enough riot police in the ground to stop the incident developing into something altogether more serious.
It had all been going so well for Figueirense earlier on when they took the lead in the match after 50 minutes, however the encounter swung decidedly in their opponents favour when Franca was handed his marching orders.
The game swung again when Internacional duo Alan Ruschel and Wellington Paulista were shown reds in the dying minutes after Rafael Moura had equalised. Then, when Nirley was sent off it proved to be the final straw as Wellington Silva bagged a controversial winner with seconds left.
From there the game descended into chaos, and Silva, although taking a few shoves, got away relatively scot-free. The win for Internacional proved crucial as they bagged third spot in the league, which ensures them a place in the Copa Libertadores next season.
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